John M. Pasternak
Composer, Arranger (ASCAP) and Music Educator
John   M.   Pasternak   is   an   active   music   performer,   teacher   and   conductor   who   has   founded   and   directed   several   active
community   ensembles.   John   attended   Kent   State   University   (KSU)   where   he   pursued   a   Bachelor   of   Music   Education   degree   and
serves   as   President   of   the   Kent   State   Ohio   Collegiate   Music   Education   Association   (OCMEA)   Chapter.     Mr.   Pasternak   was   Staff
Arranger   at   Kent   State   University,   where   he   focused   on   composing   and   arranging   for   the   music   department   while   conducting   his
works   with   many   of   the   KSU   music   ensembles.     He   has   composed   repertoire   for   many   Independent   Films   and   is   an   elected
member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
John   is   an   experienced   composer   with   works   published   by   RWS   Music   Company,   Carl   Fischer   Music,   Bandworks   Publications,
Grand   Mesa   Music   Publishers   and   Excelcia   Music   Publishing.   His   “Intrepid   Fanfare”   was   selected   as   one   of   the   Top   100   works   in
2017   by   Bandworld   Magazine.     In   addition   to   his   numerous   concert   works,   John   composed   music   for   the   Audio   Technica   video
"How   To   Mic   A   Zombie"   and   most   recently   was   involved   in   composing   music   and   the   film   score   for   Coaster   Studios   documentary
“Save My Park.”
Mr.   Pasternak   is   in   demand   as   a   composer   and   guest   clinician   for   both   his   concert   work   and   teaching   experience   across   the
musical genres. He is an active member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA).
About John
For more about John, check out his Everything Band Podcast Interview
John M. Pasternak
Composer, Arranger (ASCAP) and Music Educator
John   M.   Pasternak   is   an   active   music   performer,   teacher
and    conductor    who    has    founded    and    directed    several    active
community    ensembles.    John    attended    Kent    State    University
(KSU)   where   he   pursued   a   Bachelor   of   Music   Education   degree
and   serves   as   President   of   the   Kent   State   Ohio   Collegiate   Music
Education   Association   (OCMEA)   Chapter.     Mr.   Pasternak   was   Staff
Arranger    at    Kent    State    University,    where    he    focused    on
composing    and    arranging    for    the    music    department    while
conducting   his   works   with   many   of   the   KSU   music   ensembles.  
He   has   composed   repertoire   for   many   Independent   Films   and   is
an    elected    member    of    the    American    Society    of    Composers,
Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
John   is   an   experienced   composer   with   works   published   by
RWS      Music      Company,      Carl      Fischer      Music,      Bandworks
Publications,   Grand   Mesa   Music   Publishers   and   Excelcia   Music
Publishing.   His   “Intrepid   Fanfare”   was   selected   as   one   of   the   Top
100   works   in   2017   by   Bandworld   Magazine.     In   addition   to   his
numerous   concert   works,   John   composed   music   for   the   Audio
Technica   video   "How   To   Mic   A   Zombie"   and   most   recently   was
involved    in    composing    music    and    the    film    score    for    Coaster
Studios documentary “Save My Park.”
Mr.    Pasternak    is    in    demand    as    a    composer    and    guest
clinician    for    both    his    concert    work    and    teaching    experience
across   the   musical   genres.   He   is   an   active   member   of   the   Ohio
Music Education Association (OMEA).
About John
For more about John, check out his Everything Band Podcast Interview
John’s teaching philosophy is simple: Make music accessible and enjoyable for as many people as possible. He does this by choosing music that is appropriate to the ensembles he works with. He also assess groups using formative and summative assessments and then use the data to plan rehearsals and future music selections. Whether leading a warm-up or a sectional, John’s ensembles and classes are mostly student lead which allows for students to take more ownership in their ensembles and classes. This makes students become more involved and form a better understanding of the material his groups work on. It also helps students build comradery and build a section rapport. Differentiation is a huge part of John’s classroom. His daily teaching includes ways to learn for Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic learners. In addition, students are also differentiated by instrument sections and within those sections, more advanced students help students who are struggling with the material. By doing this, it helps the lessons reach a broader variety of students and makes the classroom a more welcoming environment. Since 2004, John has worked with musicians just starting their musical journey in fifth grade to musicians who are retired and performing for fun. He believes music should not only be accessible to performers but for wide audiences as well. His groups perform for audiences ranging from retirement homes and concert halls.
Teaching Philosophy
John’s teaching philosophy is simple: Make music accessible and enjoyable for as many people as possible. He does this by choosing music that is appropriate to the ensembles he works with. He also assess groups using formative and summative assessments and then use the data to plan rehearsals and future music selections. Whether leading a warm-up or a sectional, John’s ensembles and classes are mostly student lead which allows for students to take more ownership in their ensembles and classes. This makes students become more involved and form a better understanding of the material his groups work on. It also helps students build comradery and build a section rapport. Differentiation is a huge part of John’s classroom. His daily teaching includes ways to learn for Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic learners. In addition, students are also differentiated by instrument sections and within those sections, more advanced students help students who are struggling with the material. By doing this, it helps the lessons reach a broader variety of students and makes the classroom a more welcoming environment. Since 2004, John has worked with musicians just starting their musical journey in fifth grade to musicians who are retired and performing for fun. He believes music should not only be accessible to performers but for wide audiences as well. His groups perform for audiences ranging from retirement homes and concert halls.
Teaching Philosophy
John’s works are available for purchase from the following locations:
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Compositions
Title
Ensemble
Grade
Publisher
Adventure Express
Concert Band
3
Again We Rise
Concert Band
4
Belligerence
Concert Band
1
Breaking News
Concert Band
2
Chase the Horizon
Concert Band
2
Christmas Trees Around The World
Concert Band
3.5
Dark Matter
Concert Band
2
Expeditious
Concert Band
1
Galaxy Defenders
Concert Band
1
Geauga Lake: An Epilogue
Concert Band
2
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Concert Band
3.5
Home of the Brave
Concert Band
4
Intrepid Fanfare
Concert Band
4
A Moment
Saxophone Quartet (SATB)
3
Roar in the Wind
Concert Band
3.5
The Royal Horsemen
Concert Band
1
Storm Chasers
Marching Band
3
To a Place Called Hope
Concert Band
3
Tribute
Concert Band
3
Wave High the Flag
Concert Band
3.5
Western Reserve (March)
Concert Band
3.5
John’s works are available for purchase from the following locations:
Compositions
Title
Adventure Express Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Again We Rise Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Belligerence Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Breaking News Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Chase the Horizon Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Christmas Trees Around The World Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
Dark Matter Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Expeditious Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Galaxy Defenders Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Geauga Lake: An Epilogue Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
Home of the Brave Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 4 Publisher:
Intrepid Fanfare Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 4 Publisher:
A Moment Ensemble: Saxophone Quartet (SATB) Grade: 3 Publisher:
Roar in the Wind Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
The Royal Horsemen Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Storm Chasers Ensemble: Marching Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
To a Place Called Hope Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Tribute Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Wave High the Flag Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
Western Reserve (March) Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
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